A short history of the growing British economic and political power in Malaya during the 18th, 19th and early 20th Century. The large scale immigration of Chinese and Indians to work in British owned tin mines and rubber plantations. The defeat of the British Army by the Japanese Empire in 1942. The Japanese occupation of Malaya between 1942 and 1945 with its brutal repression of the ethnic Chinese population. A biography of Lieutenant General Arthur Percival, the commander of the British Army in Malaya in 1941.